Mom's 2-way Beef Shipwreck

Mom's 2-way Beef Shipwreck Recipe

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Dene Mitzel


This is a "2-in-one" recipe... A while back I found a "Shipwreck" recipe on a website and tried it. It was way too dry and we didn't like it much. I played around with it until I found the one we like best. I then had an idea for another variation, tried it out, and we liked it too (hence the "2-way" part of the title) Give them both a try!

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15 Min
1 Hr


red potatoes, sliced (peel if desired)
1 lb
ground beef
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
small onion, chopped
1 can(s)
15 oz. red beans, undrained
1 can(s)
15 oz. tomato sauce

How to Make Mom's 2-way Beef Shipwreck


  • 1Place sliced potates in bottom of a 13 x 9 x 2 casserole dish.
  • 2Spread chopped onions over potatoes.
  • 3Crumble ground beef over onions and potatoes; sprinkle with salt and pepper. (An easiness hint: I actually don't even measure the salt and pepper, but I have a salt shaker that has a mix of 2/3 salt to 1/3 pepper and I just shake it over the whole top)
  • 4Pour beans on top of beef. (Do NOT drain the beans, this is one of the things that keeps the casserole from being too dry)
  • 5Pour tomato sauce on top of all.
  • 6Cover and bake for 1 hour at 350.
  • 7Note: I usually stir the mixture when it comes out, just to make sure the potatoes are tender.
  • 8Extra Note (see below for another variation)

    I call them "Red Shipwreck" or "Green Shipwreck" depending on the beans used :) Here is the other...
  • 9USE:
    One 15 oz can of green beans (I think I drained them) in place of red beans.

    One 10 oz can cream of mushroom soup, thinned with a little milk in place of the tomato soup.

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About Mom's 2-way Beef Shipwreck

Course/Dish: Beef, Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids